Concerned over World Cup safety, BCCI asks ICC and ECB for ‘robust’ security
The BCCI is worried about the safety of officials and players at the World Cup. © AFP

Less than two hours after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided against taking any stand on the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup clash between India and Pakistan and said that it would individually urge ICC members to sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub”, the BCCI released a statement expressing concern over this summer’s mega-event in England.

In an email Friday, the BCCI said it feared for the safety of players and match officials in the World Cup, as well as fans, and urged the ICC and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to amp up security for the tournament. (READ: BCCI defers Pakistan World Cup boycott to central government)

“The BCCI wishes to address concerns and sentiments that have emerged after the recent dastardly terrorist attack which was carried out on Indian soil by a terror outfit based out of Pakistan which resulted in the death of 44 Indian security personnel. In view of the aforesaid terrorist attack, BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in upcoming ICC events including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” read the BCCI release.

“Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including the United Kingdom) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.

“The BCCI also wishes to express its concerns over the safety and security of fans of Indian cricket at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The BCCI trusts that the ICC and ECB will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup. The BCCI reserves all its rights and entitlements in this regard.” (READ: Miandad criticises BCCI for planning to bar Pakistan from World Cup)

India and Pakistan are scheduled to play on June 16 at Old Trafford during the World Cup, but there have been voices of dissent in India against the match.